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Habit amendment, ideas and tactics is a textual content that makes use of an actual, step-by-step, medical method of clarify human habit. Key case reports and examples are used to demonstrate key ideas.

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Chapter 24 applies procedures based on respondent conditioning to decrease fear and anxiety. Chapter 25 discusses behavior modification procedures to change cognitive behaviors, a type of covert behavior. CHAPTER SUMMARY 1. Human behavior is defined as an individual’s actions that have one or more physical dimensions and can be observed and recorded. Behaviors have an impact on the physical or social environment. Behavior is lawful; its occurrence is influenced by environmental events. A behavior may be overt or covert.

Intensity 4. How long a behavior lasts 5. How many times a behavior occurs 6. How much physical force is involved in the behavior 7. An example of an overt behavior is . 8. An example of a covert behavior is . 9. 10. discovered the law of effect. conducted research on respondent conditioning. This page intentionally left blank TWO Observing and Recording Behavior O ne fundamental aspect of behavior modification is measuring the behavior that is targeted for change. Measurement of the target behavior (or behaviors) in behavior modification is called behavioral assessment.

Once you understand these basic principles, it will be easier to understand and apply the behavior modification procedures described in later sections. Procedures to Establish New Behaviors One goal of behavior modification is to establish desirable new behaviors or skills. The four chapters in Part 3 of this textbook discuss behavior modification procedures used to establish new behaviors: shaping, prompting and transfer of stimulus control, chaining, and behavioral skills training procedures. Introduction to Behavior Modification 15 Procedures to Increase Desirable Behaviors and Decrease Undesirable Behaviors Another goal of behavior modification procedures is to decrease the occurrence of undesirable behaviors and increase the occurrence of desirable behaviors that are not occurring frequently enough.

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